Film bits and bobs

The Dyatlov Pass Incident (2013)

Review first published by Grolsch FilmWorks In early February 1959, nine experienced hikers all died on Kholat Syakhtl (‘The Mountain of the Dead’ in the local Mansi language) in the … Continue reading

August 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

Terror Cotta 2013

Festival report first published by Grolsch. Nestled (un)comfortably between the Leslie Cheung retrospectives, the Spotlight on Indonesia strand and all the new Asian titles that make up this year’s Terracotta … Continue reading

June 11, 2013 · 3 Comments

009 Re:Cyborg (2012)

Review first published by GrolschFilmWorks, where there is also an interview with director Kamiyama Kenji. Kamiyama Kenji’s 009 Re:Cyborg opens with beautiful/horrific images of Shanghai skyscrapers violently toppling, accompanied by … Continue reading

June 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Purge (2013)

Review first published by GrolschFilmWorks. In a near-future America where the crime rate is at a record low, it is the night of the ‘Purge’ – an annual 12-hour period … Continue reading

May 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Great Gatsby (2013)

Review first published by GrolschFilmWorks. In his first appearance in F. Scott Fitzgerald 1925 novel, Jay Gatsby is glimpsed in the darkness, staring out over the Bay that separates Long … Continue reading

May 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Dragon (Wu Xia) (2012)

Review first published by Grolsch Filmworks. Peter Ho-sun Chan’s Wu Xia (named after the Chinese genre of martial arts heroism) comes to the West with the inescapable whiff of compromise. After premiering … Continue reading

May 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

Trance (2012)

My review for Grolsch Film Works. Trance opens with a cocky, well-dressed James McAvoy shot in tight close-up as he delivers a brisk monologue on the history of art and … Continue reading

March 26, 2013 · 1 Comment


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